Bike Friendly Richardson

The 8th Annual Black Friday Ride – Recap

Posted in Uncategorized by dickdavid on November 26, 2016

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We’ve been doing the Black Friday Ride for 8 years. Each time we learn something new, to try and improve upon the previous years. This year, was one of the best group rides that we’ve done, so far. It was the perfect combination of great weather, great planning, great refreshments and—most of all—great riders.

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This year’s route was planned by active BFR member Howard and his wife Rita. It was nice and flat, and stayed on the east side of Richardson. In past years, we tried to accommodate the group by splitting the ride onto both sides of town—crossing Central, a major interstate highway through town. We decided to avoid that and start alternating these rides, doing the east side this year and west side next. This kept the 8.5 mile loop safe and easy for all riders.

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We also decided to start and end the ride at Yale Park, one of Richardson’s local public spaces. This allowed us to hang out and visit, brew some coffee and snack on some pizza. A nearby playground was great for the kids of all ages. The park allowed us to mingle without interrupting the traffic and crowds of a local business parking lot, our typical starting point.

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The ride took us to fellow BFR member, Jenny’s house, where we enjoyed some nice shade, a warm fire pit and some great refreshments in her back yard. The 5 minute pit stop turned into a 20-30 minute social gathering. It was great to enjoy the company of my fellow riders.

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There were a few other surprising highlights from the ride:
– We truly had one of the broadest age range of any group ride – all practicing great ride etiquette.
– Richardson drivers were super friendly, going out of their way to accommodate our larger, relatively not-so-fast, group. It was pleasant to wave a ‘thank you’ and get a genuine smile and wave back.
– Although some of the group fell behind, several folks stepped up to make sure we kept together – waiting at corners and hitting the ‘walk’ button at intersections.

THIS is the stuff that makes riding welcoming for all.

Here are some pics from the ride. Click here to see the whole set.

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Bike Friendly Richardson Presents: Black Friday Ride #8

Posted in Uncategorized by dickdavid on November 15, 2016

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It’s that time of year again. It’s the time to AVOID all the big crowds at the shopping mall, work off that Thanksgiving dinner and have a fun ride around town.

You are invited to attend Bike Friendly Richardson‘s EIGHTH (that’s right, 8th) annual Black Friday Ride. Started eight years ago as the inaugural ride that launched Bike Friendly Richardson (which makes us 7 years old), the Black Friday Ride gives folks an alternative way to kick off the holiday season. This is a casual paced ride that will explore many of the different route options available to Richardson cyclists. We will ride on back-roads, side-streets, multi-purpose trails and available bike lanes.

Come on out to the Yale Park, at the southeast corner of Yale Blvd and Collins Blvd., and enjoy a nice picnic lunch. Howard and Rita Maher will roll out a grill and offer hot dogs and hamburgers, pre-ride. Please let us know if you would like them to grill some for you. BYOS (bring your own sides).

This year the route will be on the EAST side of town, with the addition of a rest stop. More details to come.

DATE: Friday, November 25, 2016
TIME: Arrive: 12:00 noon for picnic, Ride: 1:00 pm
START/FINISH: Yale Park (southeast corner of Yale Blvd and Collins Blvd.)
PACE: Very Casual
RSVP: Via Facebook
ROUTE: to come

BikeDFW and BFR Bike To Work Day Energizer Station – 2016

Posted in Bicycle Events, Uncategorized by dickdavid on May 19, 2016

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It’s Back! Friday, May 20, 2016 is The League of American Cyclists‘ National Bike To Work Day. IF there is ever a day to ride to work, make it this day. Think about the positive statement we’ll be making as cyclists, safely using an alternate form of transportation.

Based on our great success in Richardson 4 years ago (which grew to 5 stations around Dallas 3 years ago, and continues to grow every year) BikeDFWDART and local bike groups, like Bike Friendly Richardson, have partnered up to host another 8 Bike Commuter Energizer Stations around the Dallas/Fort Worth area – including the original stop at Arapaho Station.

Richardson Energizer Station info:

LOCATION: RICHARDSON – DART Arapaho Station
DATE: Friday, May 20, 2016
TIME: 7:00-9:00 am

We will be providing snacks, beverages and FREE bicycle safety checks at most stations.

Let us know you are coming on our Facebook Event Page.

SPONSORS FOR ARAPAHO STATION:
Richardson Bike Mart
DART
KIND Snacks

Bike Friendly Richardson Presents: Black Friday Ride #7

Posted in Bicycle Events, Uncategorized by dickdavid on November 20, 2015

Black Friday Ride No.7

It’s that time of year again. It’s the time to AVOID all the big crowds at the shopping mall, work off that Thanksgiving dinner and have a fun ride around town.

You are invited to attend Bike Friendly Richardson‘s SEVENTH (that’s right, 7th) annual Black Friday Ride. Started seven years ago as the inaugural ride that launched Bike Friendly Richardson (which makes us 6 years old), the Black Friday Ride gives folks an alternative way to kick off the holiday season. This is a casual paced ride that will explore many of the different route options available to Richardson cyclists. We will ride on back-roads, side-streets, multi-purpose trails and available bike lanes.

Come on out to the Richardson Heights Shopping Center, enjoy a tasty lunch at Haystack Burgers, The Taco Joint or one of the many fine restaurants in the area. We’ll meet in front of the Alamo Drafthouse around 1:00 pm.

The route will be similar to last years, with the addition of a fun rest stop. More details to come.

DATE: Friday, November 27, 2015
TIME: Arrive: 1:00 pm, Ride: 1:30 pm
START/FINISH: Alamo Drafthouse (100 S. Central Expy @ Belt Line)
PACE: Very Casual
RSVP: Via Facebook
ROUTE: to come

City Council Survey Responses Updated

Posted in Uncategorized by jennyrilling on April 21, 2015

We now have all the City Council candidate replies to our survey at the link below:

https://bikefriendlyrichardson.org/2015/04/14/2015-city-council-candidate-survey/

2015 City Council Candidate Survey

Posted in Uncategorized by jennyrilling on April 14, 2015

There is a city election coming up. Richardson residents must choose the office holders for City Council. The election will be held on May 9, 2015, but early voting will start on April 27, 2015.

As an advocacy group, Bike Friendly Richardson does not have any official endorsement for any of the candidates. However, as Richardson residents who bike, we were concerned about each candidate’s position on bicycling issues. We sent each a questionnaire covering several bicycling topics, and many of them sent in their responses. We will post those responses on our blog so that people who bike in Richardson can have a perspective of who they are voting for. Don’t forget to vote!

Here’s a link to the List of Candidates

In this post, we will hear from Rick Wilder and Bob Townsend, who are competing for Place 1, and Mabel Simpson (running against Claudia Tatum for Place 4); as well as unopposed candidates Paul Voelker (Place 5), and Scott Dunn (Place 3). Thank you for your thoughtful participation in our survey.

EDITED TO ADD: Claudia Tatum and Mark Solomon’s responses appear below.

EDITED TO ADD: Steve Mitchell’s responses have been added below. Steve explained in an email that he is in the tax business, and now that tax season is over, he was able to respond to the questions.

THANK YOU to all Council members and new Candidates!

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More Mosquito Spraying Tonight – Southeast Richardson

Posted in Uncategorized by jennyrilling on June 26, 2012

From the City of Richardson:

The Richardson Health Department will spray a portion of southeast Richardson this evening based on a positive finding of West Nile in a mosquito testing pool. Weather permitting, the spraying will occur between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. tonight through tomorrow morning in the area from Main Street/Belt Line Road south to Buckingham Road and U.S. 75/Central Expressway east to Jupiter Road. If wind speeds of greater than 10 miles per hour are sustained, Health Department workers may postpone spraying until weather conditions are more favorable.

“We monitor the spread of West Nile through the use of mosquito traps strategically placed around the City,” said Richardson Health Department Director Bill Alsup. “Any time we find a positive result in an area, we target it and the surrounding area to try to prevent the spread of the disease. It’s a measure that helps to limit exposure to the virus, but people still need to maintain vigilance in protecting themselves when they go outside.”

The City was notified of the positive West Nile test result this afternoon by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The area targeted for spraying is based on the location where the positive result was located and also includes the surrounding area.

To protect from mosquito bites, people are urged to follow the Four D’s of protection:

  • DRAIN standing water around the home,
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET,
  • Avoid being outdoors at DUSK and DAWN when mosquitoes are most active,
  • And DRESS to protect yourself with long sleeves and pants to reduce skin exposure.

This will be the second spraying event to occur in Richardson in the past two weeks. The first spraying event occurred last week after mosquito pools and a Richardson resident tested positive for the West Nile virus. Three other cases of people infected with West Nile have also been reported in other parts of the Metroplex.

Spraying to control the population of mosquitoes and the spread of the West Nile virus is a last resort, and is part of a comprehensive plan the Richardson Health Department follows to control the mosquito population. All areas of the City are continuously monitored, and further sprayings will be scheduled based on mosquito surveillance used to monitor the spread of the West Nile virus.

Richardson is not alone in the noticed increase in mosquito populations and findings of West Nile in mosquitoes. Environmental conditions from last summer’s drought, a mild winter and abundant spring rains have resulted in an increased population.

More on the West Nile Virus
The West Nile virus is caused by a bite from an infected mosquito that’s already carrying the virus, but not all mosquitoes are capable of carrying or transmitting the disease. In North Texas, the risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito is greatest from July to October. Not everyone who gets bitten by an infected mosquito will get the virus, and it’s rare for people to become very sick if they do develop symptoms from the disease.

Symptoms of West Nile virus vary depending upon the person who becomes infected. People who do develop symptoms usually suffer from mild “flu-like” illness. Rarely, symptoms may require medical care or hospitalization. The people who are most susceptible to the disease are the very young, the very old and those with weakened immune systems.

2 Mile Radius

Posted in Advocacy, Uncategorized by jennyrilling on December 13, 2011

By Jenny Rilling

Richard’s post over at Suburban Assault of the League of American Bicyclists “Bicycling and Health” infographic reminded me to share a handy map radius tool that I sometimes use for work. As the infographic says, 70% of American’s car trips are under two miles. Many times, these 2 mile and under car trips could be replaced with biking.

Here is a picture of a circle with a 2 mile radius around my neighborhood of Highland Terrace:

Here’s a list of some destinations that fall within the circle:

  • Kroger
  • Convenience Store
  • Beer store
  • DART stations
  • Walgreens
  • Post Office
  • Branch of the bank I use
  • Target
  • Petco
  • Library, City Hall
  • Recreation center
  • Richland College
  • Starbucks, Cafe Brazil
  • Half Price Books
  • Several restaurants
  • Chinatown
  • Car repair places
  • Hardware stores & plant nurseries

Lots of good stuff there! Here’s a link to the map tool if you want to find out what areas are within 2 miles of your home or workplace:

http://maps.forum.nu/gm_sensitive_circle2.html

Happy Holidays From Bike Friendly Richardson

Posted in Uncategorized by dickdavid on December 24, 2010


Ornaments, originally uploaded by dickdavid.

We hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Glenville Trail construction

Posted in Uncategorized by bibliosk8er on March 14, 2010

Tonight while I was out running some errands I hunted down the construction being done on the Glenville Trail, in Richardson.

As of 3/14, the circled area of the Glenville bike path is under construction.

As you can see on the Richardson Trail Guide, this trail will follow Glenville Rd from Woodhaven Grove Park, down on Spring Valley Rd, and go north. A branch will take you behind Mark Twain Elementary School over to Huffines Park, while the main trail continues north, with a loop that connects to the Duck Creek Trail, crossing Arapaho, and ultimately connecting with the DART trail that follows the light rail line up to Galatyn Park.

From what I can tell, the area I’ve circled in red is the part under construction right now. There is also some construction at the bridge on Arapaho, just west of Plano Rd. (I’ve put a red dot there), which I think is probably part of the trail – I guess they are taking it under the bridge there?

This trail will give people down in south east Richardson really good access to the trail system. They’ll able to ride to the light rail stations, Galatyn Park, the Spring Creek Nature area, well — everything. Super super cool.